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Registration has been extended until 9/28.


The BCBP Department will hold its research retreat at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC  

We’ve planned departmental talks, posters, and other activities to make for an engaging and exciting day at the museum. We look forward to the participation of each faculty member and their lab members in this excellent opportunity for scientific exchange and interaction. The program runs 8:30-5 with a happy hour from 5-6:30, and registration includes a T-shirt. September 28, 2022 is the deadline to register and submit abstracts. Monetary awards of $100 will be presented for trainee posters and speakers in the categories of best oral and best poster presentations for a graduate student and for a post-doctoral associate.

Our Keynote speaker will be Dr. Mary Munson, Professor and Vice Chair of Diversity in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology at the UMass Chan Medical School. Her research focuses on understanding the regulation of the spatial and temporal specificity of membrane trafficking. Title: Activation of the Exocyst Tethering Complex for SNARE Complex Regulation and Membrane Fusion

We will have a DEI/Career Panel with the goal of exposing trainees to both academic and non-academic career paths and providing context from diverse experiences in professional scientific careers. Dr. Munson will be one of our panelists together with two local alumnae from our department: Dr. Stephani Page (Founder of #BLACKandSTEM & Director of Strategic Initiatives, WEPAN) & Dr. Brooke Heidenfelder (Project Leader at Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute).


During our annual BCBP retreat (10/21/22), we will hold an hour-long panel session focused on career paths for our trainees and diverse and underrepresented perspectives. We will have three panelists: Dr. Mary Munson, Dr. Stephani Page, and Dr. Brooke Heidenfelder. Ahead of the retreat, we encourage all members to submit questions they would like discussed related to diversity and career paths in science. These questions will be communicated to the panelists and inform how the session will proceed. We will accept suggestions/questions until 10/14/22. Please feel free to contact Kanishk Jain at if you have any questions or concerns.
Also, please remember that the deadline to register for the retreat is September 21, 2022.

Biochemistry and Biophysics department members and lab members,
We are super excited to be able to have our annual retreat this year. The registration is now open and available.  Please use the link below to register. We encourage all faculty, staff, post-docs, grad students, and rotation students to attend!
The deadline for registration is September 21, 2022, so register before this date.
Event Date: Friday, October 21, 2022
Location: Museum of Life and Science, Durham NC
Main Event: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Happy Hour in the Butterfly House: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
T-shirt, museum entry, food & drink included with registration!
Attendees are also encouraged to submit abstracts to present a poster or to give a short talk. The deadline to have your abstract selected for a talk is September 21, 2022. Please note that there are two separate forms, one for the registration and one for the abstract submission. Link for abstract submissions:
Individual labs are asked to pay $50/person as a registration fee. The payment section must be completed to complete your registration. PIs or lab managers should provide their lab with the appropriate CFS or Project ID to register.
Simply click on select sponsor and choose biochemistry and biophysics or start typing in the department and it will find it for you. It is the only event under biochemistry and biophysics. Then, click on the event and go from there.
We are so looking forward to seeing everyone!!!
Your Retreat Planning Committee,
Laura Lindsey-Boltz
Rick Baker
Kanishk Jain
Darex Vera Rodriguez

Jean Marie Mwiza

Rhonda Strickland

Marsha Lynn Ray

Keynote speaker, Mary Munson PhD, U Mass Chan Medical School, Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology
Munson lab website